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About Us

Our Beliefs

Grace Church is committed to Jesus Christ, His gospel, His church, and His mission. We are part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) – an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:

God

We believe in one God¹, Creator of all things², holy³, infinitely perfect⁴, and eternally existing⁵ in a loving unity⁶ of three equally divine Persons⁷: the Father⁸, the Son⁹, and the Holy Spirit¹⁰. Having limitless knowledge¹¹ and sovereign power¹², God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself¹³ and to make all things new¹⁴ for His own glory¹⁵.

 

  1. Dt. 6:4Mk. 12:29
  2. Gen. 1:1Ps. 33:6Jn. 1:3Col. 1:15-17Heb. 11:3
  3. Ex. 15:11Isa. 6:357:15
  4. Dt. 32:4Job 1:7-10Ps. 18:3050:290:2145:3Matt. 5:48
  5. Ps. 33:11102:25-27115:3Dan. 4:34-35Jn. 5:26Acts 17:24-25
  6. Jn. 3:3517:241 Jn. 4:8,16
  7. Jn. 17:11Matt. 3:16-1728:192 Cor. 13:141 Pet. 1:2
  8. Dt. 32:6Mt. 6:6Rom. 8:151 Cor. 8:6
  9. Matt.3:17Jn. 1:143:16Gal. 4:4Heb. 1:5
  10. Jn. 14:16172615:2616:7-15Rom. 8:926Gal. 4:6
  11. Ps. 139:1-16147:5Isa. 46:10Jn. 21:17
  12. Jer. 32:17Eph. 1:11Rm. 8:282 Cor. 6:18Eph. 3:20Rev. 1:8
  13. 1 Cor. 2:7Eph. 1:11;  3:10,112 Tim. 1:9Tit. 1:21 Pet. 1:20Rev. 13:8
  14. Matt. 19:28Acts 3:21Rom. 8:19-21Rev. 21:22
  15. Ps. 19:1-2Isa. 43:7Jer. 13:11Col. 1:15-23Rev. 4:115:9-14
The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures¹, both Old and New Testaments², through the words of human authors³. As the verbally inspired Word of God⁴, the Bible is without error in the original writings⁵, the complete revelation of His will for salvation⁶, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged⁷. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches⁸, obeyed in all that it requires⁹, and trusted in all that it promises¹⁰.

 

  1. Matt. 1:224:419:4,5Heb. 1:1-2
  2. 2 Pet. 3:15,16
  3. Lk. 1:1-4
  4. 2 Tim. 3:162 Pet. 1:20,21
  5. Num. 23:192 Sam. 7:28Prov. 30:5Ps. 119:96160Matt. 5:18Jn. 10:3517:17Tit. 1:1,2
  6. Lk. 16:29-31Gal. 1:8,92 Tim. 3:15
  7. Jn. 17:171 Tim. 3:15-171 Pet. 1:23Ps. 119:44,45,165
  8. Matt. 22:29Rom. 15:42 Tim. 3:16
  9. Matt. 28:202 Thess. 3:141 Jn. 2:5
  10. Rom. 1:24:21Heb. 10:232 Pet. 1:43:13
The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image¹, but they sinned when tempted by Satan². In union with Adam³, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice⁴, alienated from God⁵, and under His wrath⁶. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ⁷ can we be rescued⁸, reconciled⁹ and renewed¹⁰.

  1.  Gen. 1:26-275:19:61 Cor. 11:7Col. 3:10; Jms. 3:9
  2. Gen. 3:1-6Jn. 8:44Rom. 5:12-1416:202 Cor. 11:31 Tim. 2:13-14
  3. Job 14:4Ps. 51:5Jn. 3:6Rom. 3:125:12-141 Cor. 15:22a1 Jn. 1:8
  4. Gen. 6:5Jer. 17:9Isa. 6:5Rom. 5:158:5-8Eph. 2:1-24:17-19
  5. Rom. 5:10
  6. Rom. 1:182:53:9-193:23Eph. 2:3
  7. Act 4:121 Tim. 2:5
  8. 1 Thess. 1:10
  9. Rom. 5:1,2,10Col. 1:20
  10. Rom. 8:292 Cor. 3:18Eph. 4:24Phil. 3:211 Jn. 3:2
Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ¹ is God incarnate², fully God³ and fully man⁴, one Person in two natures⁵. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah⁶—was conceived through the Holy Spirit⁷ and born of the virgin Mary⁸. He lived a sinless life⁹, was crucified under Pontius Pilate¹⁰, arose bodily from the dead¹¹, ascended into heaven¹² and sits at the right hand of God the Father¹³ as our High Priest¹⁴ and Advocate¹⁵.

 

  1.  Matt. 1:2116:18
  2. Jn. 1:14181 Jn. 4:2
  3. Isa. 9:6Jer. 23:6Jn. 1:120:28Rom. 9:5Col. 2:9
  4. Matt. 4:2Lk. 2:4052Jn. 11:35Heb. 5:7-81 Jn. 1:1-3
  5. Jn. 3:1310:3017:5
  6. Gen. 3:14-2012:1-349:8-122 Sam. 7:11b-16Matt. 1:117Lk. 4:16-2224:25-27Jn. 1:414:25-26Acts 2:3613:23,32Rom. 1:2-32 Tim. 2:8,9
  7. Matt. 1:18Lk. 1:34,35
  8. Isa. 7:14Matt. 1:20Lk. 1:34,35
  9. Rom. 5:19Gal. 4:4,5Matt. 3:15Phil. 2:7,8Heb. 4:15
  10. Dt. 21:23Ps. 16:10Matt. 27:26Mk. 15:15Lk. 23:16Jn. 19:16Acts 2:2737
  11. Matt. 28:1-10Mk. 16:1-8Lk. 24:39Rom. 4:251 Cor. 15:2044-45Col. 1:18Rev. 1:5
  12. Lk. 24:51Acts 1:6-11Eph. 1:204:8-101 Tim. 3:16
  13. Eph. 1:20Col. 3:1Heb. 1:38:110:121 Pet. 3:22
  14. Heb. 2:173:14:146:208:1
  15. Rom. 8: 34Heb. 7:259:241 Jn. 2:1
The Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative¹ and substitute², shed His blood on the cross³ as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice⁴ for our sins⁵. His atoning death⁶ and victorious resurrection⁷ constitute the only ground for salvation⁸.

 

  1. Gen. 2:15-17Matt. 4:1-11Mk. 1:12-13Lk. 4:1-13Rom. 5:18-191 Cor. 1:3015:4547Phil. 3:9
  2. Mk. 10:45Heb. 2:16-171 Pet. 2:243:18
  3. Lev. 17:11Mt. 26:28Heb. 9:142210:191 Pet. 1:18-19Rev. 12:10-11
  4. 1 Cor. 5:7Heb. 9:23-24262810:113:1112
  5. Isa. 53:5-712Jn. 1:29Rom. 3:21-262 Cor. 5:21Gal. 3:131 Jn. 3:5
  6. Rom. 3:25Heb. 2:171 Jn. 2:24:10
  7. Col. 1:132:13-15Heb. 2:14-15
  8. Rom. 4:256:411141 Cor. 6:1415:202 Cor. 4:14Eph. 1:19-202:5-61 Pet. 1:3
The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ¹. He convicts the world of its guilt². He regenerates sinners³, and in Him they are baptized⁴ into union with Christ⁵ and adopted as heirs⁶ in the family of God⁷. He also indwells⁸, illuminates⁹, guides¹⁰, equips¹¹ and empowers¹² believers for Christ-like living and service¹³.

 

  1. Jn. 16:14
  2. Jn. 16:81 Cor. 2:14
  3. Ezek. 36:25-27Jn. 3:351 Cor. 12:32 Cor. 5:17Eph. 2:5Col. 2:131 Thess. 1:4-52 Thess. 2:13Tit. 3:5; Jms. 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:3
  4. Mk. 1:8Acts 1:51 Cor. 12:13
  5. Rom. 3:245:15-2112:51 Cor. 1:2; 5:19; 15:22b; 2 Cor. 5:17Gal. 1:222:173:28Eph. 1:42:123:64:322 Tim. 2:10Thess. 4:16
  6. Rom. 8:15239:4Gal. 4:5Eph. 1:5Tit. 3:7
  7. Matt. 12:49-502 Cor. 6:18Eph. 3:141 Jn. 3:14-18
  8. Jn. 14:17Rom. 8:111 Cor. 3:16
  9. 1 Cor. 2:22 Cor. 4:4-15Eph. 1:17-19Phil. 1:9-11
  10. Jn. 16:13Acts 15:28Rom. 8:414Gal. 5:1618
  11. Rom. 12:4-81 Cor. 12: 4-10Eph. 4: 7-111 Pet. 4:10-11
  12. Acts 1:810:38Rom. 15:131 Cor. 12:11Eph. 3:162 Tim. 1:7
  13. Acts 6:8Rom. 8:4-612-162 Cor. 13:14Gal. 3:355:22-2325Eph. 2:224:3Phil. 2:1-2
The Church

We believe that the true church¹ comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone². They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ³, of which He is the Head⁴. The true church is manifest in local churches⁵, whose membership should be composed only of believers⁶. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism⁷ and the Lord’s Supper⁸, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer⁹.

 

  1. Matt. 16:181 Cor. 12:28Eph. 4:4-65:25Heb. 12:28
  2. Ps. 103:12Isa. 44:22Jn. 3:16Acts 16:31Rom. 3:20-284:35:1218:13033-3410:492 Cor. 5:21Gal. 2:16Eph. 2:8-9Phil. 3:9Tit. 3:7Heb. 10:14
  3. 1 Cor. 12:12-27
  4. Eph. 1:22-234:15-16Col. 1:182:19
  5. Acts 9:3120:28-30Rom. 16:51 Cor. 1:216:192 Cor. 1:11 Thess. 1:1Philem. 1-2
  6. Matt. 18:15-20Acts 2:414714:2320:71 Cor. 1:2911:2012:1314:4016:1-21 Tim. 3:1-135:9Tit. 1:5-9Heb. 10:25
  7. Matt. 28:18-20Rom. 6:3-4Col. 2:12
  8. Matt. 26:26-29Mk. 14:22-25Lk. 22:15-201 Cor. 11:23-26
  9. Jn. 6:55-56Acts 2:388:3916:341 Cor. 10:1611:29-30Col. 2:12
Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose¹. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially² and to live out our faith with care for one another³, compassion toward the poor⁴ and justice for the oppressed⁵. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name⁶, we⁷ are to combat the spiritual forces of evil⁸. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people⁹, always bearing witness to the gospel¹⁰ in word and deed¹¹.

  1. Matt. 7:17-1812:3335Heb. 11:6Eph. 2:101 Cor. 10:31Col. 3:17232 Thess. 2:135:232 Cor. 5:171 Jn. 2:293:95:182 Cor. 3:18Tit. 3:51 Cor. 6:11Rom. 6:11141 Pet. 1:15Phil. 2:12-13Heb. 12:114Rom. 62 Tim. 1:9; Js. 2:17; 1 Pet. 2:242 Pet. 1:3-11
  2. Dt. 6:5Lev. 19:18Matt. 22:37-39Mk. 12:30Lk. 10:27
  3. Rom. 12:1014:1315:714Gal. 5:26Eph. 4:321 Thess. 3:125:1115Heb. 10:24-251 Pet. 4:9
  4. Dt. 15:11Psa. 82:3,4Psa. 140:12Prov. 14:21,3119:1722:9,16,22,2328:829:731:8,9Jer. 22:16Gal. 2:10; Js. 1:27
  5. Ex. 23:6Lev. 19:15Psa. 82:3,4140:12Prov. 29:731:9Isa. 1:17Jer. 9:24Mic. 6:8Zech. 7:9,10Matt. 23:23Luke 4:18
  6. Eph. 6:10-18
  7. Heb. 3:1310:25
  8. 2 Cor. 10:3-5Eph. 6:11122 Tim. 4:71 Jn. 5:3-4
  9. Matt. 28:19Jn. 20:21Rev. 7:9
  10. Acts 1:8
  11. Matt. 5:13-16
Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal, bodily¹ and premillennial² return of our Lord Jesus Christ³. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God⁴, requires constant expectancy⁵ and, as our blessed hope⁶, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission⁷.

 

  1.  Matt. 24:3026:64Acts 1:11Rev. 1:7
  2. Rev. 20:1-10
  3. Matt. 25:31Tit. 2:132 Thess. 1:6-8Rev. 19:11-21
  4. Matt. 24:36Mk. 13:32
  5. Matt. 24:42-51Rom. 13:11-141 Thess. 5:1-11; Js. 5:8,9; 2 Pet. 3:10-14Rev. 3:3
  6. Tit. 2:13
  7. 2 Thess. 1:6-82 Tim. 4:8Tit. 2:14Heb. 9:281 Jn. 3:2-32 Pet. 3:10-14
Response and Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere¹ to believe the gospel² by turning to Him in repentance³ and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ⁴. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily⁵ and judge the world⁶, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment⁷, and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord⁸, in the new heaven and the new earth⁹, to the praise of His glorious grace¹⁰. Amen.

 

  1. Acts 17:3020:20)
  2. Mk. 1:15Jn. 6:298:2411:2614:120:31Acts 16:31Rom. 3:2210:14Gal. 3:221 Tim. 1:161 Pet. 1:81 Jn. 3:23
  3. Isa. 55:6-7Lk. 24:47Acts 2:37-383:1914:1517:3020:2126:17,18Rom. 2:42 Cor. 7:9-10
  4. Jn. 1:12
  5. Isa. 26:19Dan. 12:21 Cor. 151 Thess. 4:13-18Rev. 20:13
  6. Ecc. 12:14Matt. 12:3626:31-32Acts 17:31Rom. 14:102 Cor. 5:102 Tim. 4:1Rev. 20:12
  7. Matt. 25:46Lk. 16:262 Thess. 1:9Rev. 14:1121:6,822:14,15
  8. Matt. 25:3446Jn. 14:2Rev. 21:1-3
  9. Isa. 65:1766:22Rom. 8:19-21Heb. 12:26;272 Pet. 3:13Rev. 21:122:3
  10. Eph. 1:612
Marriage

Grace Church stands on the complete and final authority of God’s Word, the Bible, as expressed in first two articles of our statement of faith. Therefore:

  • We believe God has ordained marriage and defined it as a covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and God Himself (Genesis 1:26-282:24).
  • We believe that Jesus affirmed this God-given design by quoting Genesis 1 and 2 in Mark 10:6-9.
  • We believe that marriage is to reflect the relationship between Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:22-23).

Given these convictions, the pastors of Grace Church will:

  • Only recognize marriages between one man and one woman.
  • Only perform in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman.
  • Only host weddings between one man and one woman; on and in the facilities and properties.

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